Oil Slick Drifts Toward Fla. Panhandle

The edge of a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is drifting closer to the white beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

The Associated Press
Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on Tuesday.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The edge of a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is drifting closer to the white beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

Emergency crews there are working to link the last in a miles-long chain of booms designed to fend off the oil.

Meanwhile, BP is still working to cut and then cap a gushing pipe. Engineers are switching to giant shears after a diamond-tipped saw got stuck half way through. Once cut, BP hopes to cap the pipe and funnel the leaking oil to a vessel on the surface.


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